In a statement on Thursday night, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacted to the U.S. airstrike that killed two Iranian commanders, Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Qods Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Cruz stated:
“The end of Qasem Soleimani is welcome and long-overdue justice for the thousands of Americans killed or wounded by his Iranian-controlled forces across the Middle East, and for the hundreds of thousands of Syrians and Iraqi Sunnis ethnically cleansed by his militias. It is also long-overdue justice for our Israeli allies who have suffered decades of terrorism at the hands of Hezbollah terrorists commanded by his IRGC Quds Force. The message to all those who mean harm to America is loud and clear.”
Soleimani, who Cruz explained in 2015 “has more blood of American service members on his hands than any living terrorist,” was the center of one of the many criticisms of Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, which was set to release Soleimani from international sanctions after a period of eight years. Soleimani has been estimated to be responsible for the deaths of around 500 American soldiers.